Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- At a Tuesday afternoon work session held by the Columbia City Council, City officials said a State Law Enforcement Division investigation into the city's police department will be wrapping up soon.
The investigation into Columbia's Police Department was opened at the request of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, and stems from claims made by a former police captain into an alleged plot to have a city official fired.
During Tuesday's work session, both City Manager Teresa Wilson and Mayor Benjamin said they believe the investigation coming to a close.
Once the investigation concludes, Council members said, they intend to open the search to candidates from across the country.
Council was also addressed by Fred Delk, Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation, the current owner of the Palmetto Compress building.
Delk said he has given tours to 25 developers from the eastern-half of the United States, and about 15 have expressed serious interest in purchasing the property, which currently sits empty.
Among the attractions, Delk said, was the fact that through engineering and structural studies, the building has been deemed to be structurally fit.
Also revealed at the session is city proposal made by City budget staffers for $5,950,000 in renovations to Columbia's Finlay Park.
Mayor Benjamin addressed councilmembers on the Bull Street development project, and said the city has not yet received any requests for funding from the developer, Bob Hughes.
Mayor Benjamin said through talks with Hughes, he has also determined that the project may commence by winter 2013, an update from previous statements in which the Mayor said he expected the project to begin during the early part of 2014.